June Opal Stirling (nee Grant) drifted from this world to the next on Sunday, October 23, 2022, after having lived a full life of 92 years.
She was born to the late Lydia Lois (MacPherson) Grant and James Roy Grant, at home, in Saint Francis Harbour, Guysborough County on October 15, 1930.
June was educated in a one room schoolhouse and was proud to have succeeded in passing Grade 10, the last grade available at the Saint Francis Harbour School.
June was married to the late Samuel Stirling on September 12, 1953, at Livingston United Church in Hamilton, Ontario. Their partnership of 44 years was filled with the love of dancing and each other.
In the spring of 1946, at 16 years of age, June worked at a Caribou Lobster Factory packing lobster. She returned to Caribou the next year and that fall she went to Kentville to work at Black’s Orchard helping Mrs Black’s care for their apple pickers. Following the harvest, she worked in Kentville at an apple factory where they processed and dried apples for export. June left Mulgrave at midnight on the train to Ontario that fall and often commented on the wonderous colours of the turning leaves at daybreak as the train traveled through New Brunswick. In Hamilton, June first worked as a waitress and then at Westinghouse Canada assembling electrical transformers. June met and married Sam in Hamilton and they returned to Nova Scotia in 1960.
June is survived by her friend and sister-in-law Pearl Grant, brother-in-law Robert (Bob) MacPhee, sister-in-law Anne Campbell; children Denise (Gavin Giles), Glenn (Sylvie), Janine (Andrew Morrisey); daughter-in-law Lesa MacPherson (Scott); much loved grandchildren Therese, Danielle, Samuel, Michele, and Marshall; and great-grandchild Gabriel. Aunt June was as fond of her nieces and nephews Juanita Wood, Kevin Grant, Kenny Grant, Janet (Grant) Cunningham, Paul Grant, Barry MacPhee, Lois MacPhee and Bruce MacPhee, Murray Campbell, and Douglas Campbell, as they were of her.
June is predeceased by her husband Samuel, sons Craig and Scott, brother Elliott Grant, sister Ardella (Dee Dee) MacPhee, brother-in-law Murray Campbell, and great friends Jane Palmer, Bernadette and Jim Kennedy, and June Oliver.
Life after Samuel’s passing was made easier with the support of her many Port Hawkesbury friends and especially her Hiram Street family of Jane and Andy Palmer, Dave and Mary Johnston, Bernadette and Jim Kennedy.
Visitation will take place at Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury, 724 Granville Street, on Tuesday, November 1st, 2022, from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 8pm. Cremation has taken place. A funeral service will take place at St. Marks United Church, 504 Bernard Street, Port Hawkesbury on Wednesday November 2nd, 2022, at 11am, a reception will follow. A committal service will take place at the Hadleyville United Church, 24 Hadleyville Loop, Hadleyville following the funeral service.
Donations in June’s memory would be appreciated by the Hadleyville United Church Cemetery fund or Saint Marks United Church.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Dennis Haverstock Funeral Home, Port Hawkesbury. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at www.haverstocks.com